This is the second in our series of interviews with successful youtubers. Previously we interviewed AntVenom, this time it’s PerpetualJordan!
1. When did you realise that making videos could be a successful job
I had started doing videos just before I started attending college at the age of 16, mid-way through my first year I had a video go viral, acquiring over 1 million views, which led to a huge boost. This led to meeting many other YouTubers who have all helped me during my time on YouTube and have helped raise me to a point where I can make this a living. During my final year of college I figured I probably would be able to live from it, but I’d say I didn’t really think it would be a possibility for me to live off of it until the point I had to, which was at the end of my final year of college in June-July 2014.
2.What do your parents/relatives/friends think of your job?
Some of the older generation find it hard to understand the concept of what it is that I do exactly, but they’re still very proud and supportive, and my parents couldn’t be more proud, which is endearing. As to my friends, really they don’t think much to it, they just see me as a regular guy, which is fine by me as that’s how I perceive myself also, I wouldn’t want my friends giving me constant praise and whatnot haha
3.Can you give us a run-down of your daily schedule?
I feel I probably have one of the worst sleeping schedules for a UK YouTuber ever, I basically run on a US West Coast timezone haha. But most my days involve getting up and ready, heading to the gym (and on some days boxing), then when I’ve got all my personal activities done is when I start to work on YouTube. This can differ slightly day-to-day depending on what it is that I’ve got to do, but it usually consists of just recording a few videos, spending a couple of hours editing and making a 3D thumbnail to go along with it, then just uploading to YouTube and doing all the meta-data. A lot of days are ended by hanging out with college/university friends also.
4.Do you see yourself ever ending/closing your Channel?
Closing? Never. Ending, highly unlikely. I really do love doing what it is I do, and feel privileged to be in the position that I’m in, so it would take a lot for me to abandon that, and frankly I myself don’t even know what could happen to convince me to do so. However on the off-chance I did, I’d still keep the channel public, mostly as a sorta’, sentimental thing, as well as still giving hardcore fans something to look back on.
5.For you, what’s the biggest perk of being a youtuber?
The biggest perk to me is the social aspect of it all. Being able to make friends from all over the world, work together, hang out at conventions and whatnot, it’s great. Then there’s also the fans, who’s support is amazing, and sometimes overwhelming. It’s always a great feeling though being able to meet a fan, sign something and/or take a picture, or even if it’s just something over Twitter or Instagram. You never know, that one small act right there can make somebody’s day, which I consider to be one of the things that makes me happiest about my position.
6.Do you enjoy being a youtuber?
I love it, I feel like it’s something I was meant to do, in a weird, cheesy way. Ever since I was a little kid I always wanted to work in gaming. I’ve been a huge gamer ever since the age 3 when I owned my first console, a NES.
7.Why Hobbit Army?
A lot of my fans quite some time ago felt left out that I didn’t have some kind of “name” for them, like for instance Adam (SkyDoesMinecraft) has the “Recruits”, Felix (PewDiePie) has the “bro’s”. I was trying to come up with a name that related somewhat to my channel, and it was actually my friend Chris (ZomChris) who suggested the name “Hobbits”, and it just sorta’ stuck!
8.Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you so much to everybody reading this, and to the people at Gearcraft for the interview! I hope my answers gave a little more insight to my life, and let’s people see what it can be like in the “life of a YouTuber”, and realise it’s really not all that different from anybody else!
If you haven’t checked out PerpetualJordan yet, make sure you do! Catch him at his channel. Don’t forget to also share this interview with your friends.